Wigan Warriors 10-36 St Helens

Friday 19th April 2019
KO: 15:00 - Round: 11

10-36 FT

HT: 10 18

Attendance: 22,050

Official: J Child

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Zak Hardaker, George Williams,

  • Goals
    Zak Hardaker,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    James Roby, Regan Grace (3), Tommy Makinson, Lachlan Coote,

  • Goals
    Lachlan Coote (6),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

A hat-trick of tries from Wales winger Regan Grace was the highlight of St Helens’ impressive 36-10 victory over Wigan Warriors in the Good Friday derby at the DW Stadium.

James Roby, Tommy Makinson and Lachlan Coote also crossed for Saints, who moved four points clear at the top of Betfred Super League following Warrington Wolves' defeat to Salford Red Devils.

Zak Hardaker and George Williams scored tries for Wigan, but the struggling Warriors equalled the worst start by a reigning champion and are level on points with bottom-placed London Broncos.

To make matters worse for Wigan, they also lost Tom Davies and Jake Shorrocks to injury.

A season’s best attendance of 22,050 witnessed a game that marked the retirement of Sky Sports rugby league commentator Eddie Hemmings after 30 years in the job.

Saints boss Justin Holbrook said: “Regan is playing really well. He’s finishing off some good tries, he’s exciting and he’s quick.

“He’s definitely capable (of playing for Great Britain) but there are so many good wingers in this comp. It’s up to the selectors and it’s early in the season but he’s more than capable.”

Saints’ front row of Alex Walmsley, James Roby and Alex Thompson look certain to make the squad for the Lions’ end-of-season tour to New Zealand and Holbrook says back-rower Morgan Knowles should join them.

“For me he’s the most underrated player in Super League, although he’s not underrated by us,” he said.

“If you talk about Great Britain tours, he’d be the first person I’d pick. Honestly, he’s that good.

“Right from the start of pre-season, he’s worked so hard and he’s such a pleasure to coach. Our whole forward pack is playing really well and he’s a big part of that.”

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam said: “It’s disappointing obviously. I feel for the team.

“Saints were very good, I think that’s the focus really. We knew it was going to be tough. Five didn’t train all week and Sarg (Dan Sarginson) pulled out today.

“When you play St Helens you have to be at best but we were never in the game. We got zapped of energy early and began chasing our tails.”

  • 71: Interchange Off for Wigan, Romain Navarrete Off
  • 71: Interchange On for Wigan, Taulima Tautai On
  • 70: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 70: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 69: Interchange Off for Wigan, Joe Bullock Off
  • 69: Interchange On for Wigan, Oliver Partington On
  • 68: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 63: Interchange On for Wigan, Ben Flower On
  • 63: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 63: Interchange Off for Wigan, Thomas Leuluai Off
  • 63: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 54: Interchange On for Wigan, Romain Navarrete On
  • 54: Interchange Off for Wigan, Taulima Tautai Off
  • 47: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 40: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 33: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 31: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 29: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 26: Interchange On for Wigan, Taulima Tautai On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Wigan, Ben Flower Off
  • 26: Interchange On for Wigan, Sean O'Loughlin On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Wigan, Oliver Partington Off
  • 24: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 22: Interchange Off for Wigan, Romain Navarrete Off
  • 22: Interchange On for Wigan, Joe Bullock On
  • 21: Interchange On for Wigan, Joe Greenwood On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Wigan, Tom Davies Off
  • 12: TRY! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 6: TRY! scored for St Helens by James Roby
  • 6: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • Key Performers

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres: 171

    Luke Thompson

    Metres: 160
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Warriors 2
    Saints 6

    Goals:

    Warriors 1
    Saints 6

    METRES:

    Warriors 957
    Saints 1510

    CARRIES:

    Warriors 153
    Saints 197

    TACKLES:

    Warriors 351
    Saints 246

    OFFLOADS:

    Warriors 8
    Saints 5

    PENALTIES:

    Warriors 10
    Saints 6

    BREAKS:

    Warriors 4
    Saints 13

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Oliver Gildart 0 1 15 1 1 6 0 12 119 9.92 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Zak Hardaker 1 0 5 0 4 7 2 15 78 5.20 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
    Joe Bullock 0 0 29 6 2 0 0 10 73 7.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 1 0 20 5 4 2 2 10 71 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 27 6 2 0 0 13 71 5.46 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 22 3 2 0 1 8 63 7.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 18 5 5 4 0 8 63 7.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Chris Hankinson 0 0 8 0 4 3 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 22 3 4 1 0 12 62 5.17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Burgess 0 0 5 1 3 2 0 9 56 6.22 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 27 3 0 3 0 10 41 4.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Morgan Smithies 0 0 46 7 4 0 0 7 38 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Partington 0 0 30 4 4 0 0 7 38 5.43 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Davies 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 37 9.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Shorrocks 0 1 19 1 2 1 0 9 29 3.22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 25 2 3 1 1 5 28 5.60 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    William Isa 0 0 31 6 5 0 0 5 27 5.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Thomas Makinson 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 22 214 9.73 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 19 1 0 3 0 23 171 7.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Luke Thompson 0 1 23 4 2 6 0 19 160 8.42 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 3 0 5 0 1 6 0 17 146 8.59 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lachlan Coote 1 0 4 0 1 7 3 13 134 10.31 2 0 1 0 6 2 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 2 8 0 4 5 1 13 108 8.31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 20 2 0 1 0 14 105 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 1 15 5 2 7 0 13 77 5.92 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Kevin Naiqama 0 1 17 2 3 1 0 8 70 8.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joseph Paulo 0 0 17 2 4 1 0 9 63 7.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 37 11 2 0 0 11 52 4.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 13 1 2 1 2 7 50 7.14 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 24 5 6 2 0 11 49 4.45 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    James Roby 1 0 21 1 0 2 1 7 44 6.29 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 7 1 2 0 0 5 31 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Smith 0 0 14 5 0 2 0 4 24 6.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Percival 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 12 12.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties